It only takes one throw per person, but the Bakersfield Condors president, Matt Riley says that over 21 years, their annual Teddy Bear toss has resulted in hundreds of thousands of stuffed animals reaching the arms of children just in time for Christmas.
“You’ll see six foot tall teddy bears to six inch teddy bears and everything in between,” Riley said.
Usually, the Teddy Bear Toss happens after The Condors score their first goal the game following Thanksgiving, but like the hockey season, it won’t be the same.
However, The Condors and United Way are still committed to making sure kids still get the teddies right through the non-profits they donate to.
“This has been a difficult year for everybody and especially probably charities. If there’s anything we can do, and our community always does great by the non profits in the area, Riley said. “Hopefully, we can be a conduit, to collect a bunch of stuffed animals for kids.”
This time around, the Teddy Bear Toss will be in the parking lot behind the Mechanics Bank Arena in the form of a drive-thru, Saturday from 10 to 2 pm.
“Bring more than one, you can pack the whole family in the car, and we’ll have it set up so you can throw out of both sides of your car,” Riley said.
Riley said that they collect about 10,000 stuffed animals a year, and they’re hoping to get just as many at the drive-thru. Plus, some players, coaches and The Condors mascot will make an appearance to hold you over until the hockey season picks back up February 5.
You can start donating from now at any local Tony’s Pizza, Big Brand Tire & Service or Three-Way Chevrolet. Those who cannot make it to the toss can purchase a bear to donate here. Nonprofits that would like to receive teddy bears from The Teddy Bear Toss can sign up here.